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De re metallica - AGRICOLA, Georgius / Translated by Herbert - 1912. 
London: The Mining Magazine, 1912. Some browning to endpapers and first few leaves, pale dampstain on rear endpaper, some soiling and discoloration to vellum. Folio. Reproductions of original woodcuts. Original vellum over wooden boards, uncut. FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed by Herbert Hoover on the front free endpaper: "Leigh Hunt / With compliments ot HC Hoover." LIMITED EDITION, one of 3000 copies printed (inkstamped 425 on free endpaper). Leight S.J. Hunt was an American businessman, best known as the third president of Iowa State University and publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Lawrence B Rand, in his biography of Hunt, recounts how this visionary entrepreneur's business practices in the US and Asia influenced Presidents Roosevelt and Hoover. Herbert Hoover was a mining engineer before entering politics and becoming the thirty-first President of the United States. His wife, and the future First Lady, was a former Latin teacher and translator of this edition. Hoover 28; Norman 21.
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